Legendary country music singer Glen Campbell has revealed that he has Alzheimer’s Disease. He was informed of his condition about six months ago.
Yet despite the diagnosis, the 75-year-old Campbell plans to release one more album in August and then go on a final tour.
I hope Campbell is able to make his way up to Boston or New York because he has long been on my list of musicians I have wanted to see in concert.
The first Glen Campbell song I ever heard? Why “Rhinestone Cowboy”, of course. But before that there were all those magnificent Jimmy Webb songs he turned into works of art – “Wichita Lineman”, “By The Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Galveston” to name but several.
Campbell has long been a conservative and yet enjoyed fruitful collaborations with the likes of Webb and The Smothers Brothers. I get the sense they respected Campbell’s boundaries and he respected theirs.
Of course, Campbell has had long documented battles with divorce, drugs and drink. But what’s done is done. I hope Campbell will make the very best of the circumstances he has been handed and wish him the best in making music one last time.
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